February 3, 2017

Rivals out to crash Xray house party at EOS Slovakia

The Euro Offroad Series reaches the midway stage in the 2016/17 Championship this weekend (3-5 Feb) as drivers descend on the Hudy Racing Arena in Slovakia. The world famous home track of reigning 4WD champions Xray, the visiting rival teams will be out to try & crash any home victory party the host manufacturer might have planned with Bruno Coelho in particular the driver they are all out to beat. Leading the 4WD standings after the first two rounds having won the season opener, Coelho took victory at his second-home last year enroute to becoming EOS Champion in his debut season.

The first double winner of what is the sixth season of the EOS, Michal Orlowski is expected to lead the main challenge to Xray this weekend. At his home round in Warsaw, Poland, the teenager completed the perfect 2WD performance to both TQ and win to put himself at the top of the points standings. While in 4WD it was Coelho who would TQ, Orlowski got the better of the World Champion to claim his first 4WD win in the series. Opening 2017 with an all conquering performance at the DHI Cup in Denmark and the fact that the Hudy Racing Arena was the venue of a break through first international race win for him during Season #4 of the EOS, the Schumacher ace won’t be lacking confidence in any way as he tries to extend his 2WD points lead.

The only other winner of the current season, Marc Rheinard will be aiming to make amends for a disappointing result in Poland. Having won 2WD at the season opener for reigning champions Yokomo, the German could only manage 7th and in 4WD didn’t fare much better ending up 8th on what he will be hoping is one of his throw out results in the final championship standings. Team-mate & defending 2WD Champion Lee Martin has yet to register a win but 3rd at Round 1 and 2nd at Round 2 the British driver will be aiming to continue the trend in Trencin and close the gap to Orlowski to whom he currently lies second in the standings.

Having finally replaced their ageing 4WD platform with the new B64D, which debuted at the recent Reedy Race of Champions helping EOS race winner Ryan Cavalieri to claim a fourth victory, Team Associated will be the team to watch this weekend. Neil Cragg claimed his first EOS podium last time out, admitting that success in the EOS was much harder than he had given credit to, and this weekend will see the former World Champion in action in both classes. Having opted to sit out 4WD due to the old B44 not being competitive on the carpet surface, the British driver will debut the all new car with high hopes. Fresh from finishing as the top European at the Reedy Race after some very impressive displays of race craft during the famous heads up racing event, Joona Haatanen will also be looking to impress on the B64D’s EOS debut as well as in 2WD.



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